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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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Fredericksburg vision would transform downtown

Fredericksburg is taking the first necessary steps to potentially expand the downtown commercial district.

At Wednesday’s planning commission meeting, the city will seek permission to rezone several properties to have the same zoning as the downtown district. The designation would give the city more flexibility in what can be built on those properties.

The city-initiated proposal would rezone a portion of a block of Caroline Street between Amelia and Lewis, and the area bounded by Lafayette Boulevard, the Rappahannock River, Frederick Street, Jackson Street and Kenmore Avenue from Commercial Transitional and Light Intensity Industrial to Commercial Downtown.

According to a city memo, the city’s comprehensive plan includes creating tourism zones, expanding the Arts and Cultural District and establishing a Warehouse District and a Train Station District.

It could include single-family town house style homes, multifamily condominiums, retail structures, above and below ground parking structures and mixed-use buildings.

The plans are tentative though and not anything that will happen soon, city officials said.